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The Battle for Bond unravels the untold story behind the most controversial part of the James Bond legend using previously unpublished material including letters and private documents. It is a tale of bitter recriminations, betrayal, multi-million dollar lawsuits and even death....

Title : The Battle for Bond: The Genesis of Cinema's Greatest Hero
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ISBN : 9780953192632
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 264 Pages
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The Battle for Bond: The Genesis of Cinema's Greatest Hero Reviews

  • Aaron Cooley
    2019-04-16 09:09

    The blackest eye on the Bond franchise is the 1961 plagiarism suit brought against Fleming. Before Albert Broccoli and Harry Saltzman bought the rights to the books and made DR. NO, Fleming developed a Bond screenplay called THUNDERBALL with producer Kevin McClory and screenwriter Jack Whittingham. When this project failed to get off the ground, Fleming turned the script into his next Bond novel – without crediting his collaborators. The series of legal actions chronicled in this book ultimately culminate in McClory winning producer credit on the fourth Sean Connery film, and bizarrely, remaking the film in 1983 under the title NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN (which, despite the return of Connery, lost at the box office to “official” series entry OCTOPUSSY). Nine months after appearing in court, Fleming was dead, the victim of a heart attack. Scarred and embarrassed by this greatest blot on his reputation, Fleming’s heirs successfully kept Sellers’ exposé out of stores by arguing he had reprinted personal correspondences without permission. Luckily for Bond fans and copyright law scholars alike, Tomahawk Press removed the material in question and reprinted.

  • D.
    2019-04-15 09:04

    The fascinating story of James Bond's journey from books to movies. What makes it so interesting are all the excerpts from private letters and court cases, which spell out all sorts of nasty backstabbing and broken promises. Not particularly well-written, but worthwhile for Bond fans and for those interested in Hollywood's darker side.

  • M
    2019-04-13 16:18

    Terrific research

  • Jack Lugo
    2019-04-01 11:08

    Robert Sellers' book is a must-read for Bond fans and anyone interested in Film / Hollywood history. Here we learn all the details of the Kevin McClory legal battles that have affected the Bond franchise from 1963 all the way up until very recently when EON finally obtained the rights to SPECTRE and the character of Bloefeld. It also provides insights into the lives of Kevin McClory and Jack Whittingham and the role each of these men played in the legacy of James Bond. Whittingham penned the first screenplay for Thunderball which was supposed to be the first Bond film produced by McClory, but his contribution to Bond's legacy has widely been ignored and conveniently forgotten despite evidence that his screenplay formed the basis for the genesis of the screen version of James Bond, which is starkly different from Fleming's original literary character. Indeed, the resulting trial accusing Fleming of plagiary for having converted Whittingham's screenplay into a published novel without assigning credit to anyone other than himself had serious reprecussions for everyone involved. The book reveals many details about Fleming, Bond, and the Thunderball story that are not commonly known. I enjoyed reading it immensely, and I highly recommend it for Bond fans and Film History buffs alike.

  • Thomas Strömquist
    2019-03-30 12:03

    "I was aware of the complicated situation regarding the screenplay (and later novel) Thunderball as rumours circulated about this (as well as "Casino Royale", the other story with differing right ownership) being remade by a rival company (which happened in the form of "Never say never again" in 1983). The background and stakeholders where nowhere near clear to me though and it is a very interesting story. The book is a lot more though, I would imagine anyone with a movie interest will find it illuminating and interesting. "

  • Tim Jopling
    2019-04-18 09:05

    Really good read this. It covers the history of bringing James Bond to the screen and the role Kevin McClory played together with those we already know about, Cubby Broccolli and Harry Saltzman. Anyone who is interested in Bond should read this book, it is fascinating and includes all the correspondence from Ian Fleming, McClory and others at the time the author was trying to bring James Bond the screen. I have to say though I do feel sorry for McClory and Jack Whittingham too (the original writer of the script for the Bond film) but its a complicated part of James Bond's history!

  • Sean Seger
    2019-04-11 09:26

    Excellent look into the machinations and moves by the many players involved in bringing James Bond to the big screen. I felt the author was a bit sympathetic to McClory above all other players and it seemed that sympathy clouded his perception of Fleming, but those complaints are minor. Definitely worth the read if you are a James Bond fan.

  • Robert Burnett
    2019-04-22 11:23

    Wow, Kevin McClory is one of the great cautionary tales from Hollywood The guy produced THUNDERBALL and NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN, yet went to his grave in the oughts STILL trying to sue for the rights to Bond. Truly sad. But a monumentally compelling tale...!